To Horace Mann
84. To HORACE MANN.
Midsummer Day, 1742.
ONE begins every letter now with an lo Pesan! indeed our hymns are not so tumultuous as they were some time ago, to the tune of Admiral Vernon. They say there came an express last night, of the taking of Prague and the destruction of some thousand French1. It is really amazing, the fortune of the Queen! We ezpect every day the news of the King of Poland having made his peace; for it is affirmed that the Prussian left him but sixteen days to think of ita. There is nothing could stop the King of Prussia, if he should march to Dresden: how long his being at peace with that king will stop him I look upon as very uncertain.
They say we expect the Eeport from the Secret Committee next Tuesday, and then finish. I preface all my news with they say; for I am not at all in the secret, and I had rather that they say should tell you a lie than myself. They have sunk the affair of Scrope: the Chancellor3 and Sir John Kushout spoke in the Committee against persecuting him, for he is Secretary to the Treasury. I don't think there is so easy a language as the ministerial in the world—one learns it in a week! There are few members in town, and most of them no friends to the Committee ; so that there is not the least apprehension of any violence following the Report. I dare say there is not; for my uncle, who is my political weather-glass, and whose quicksilver rises and falls with the least variation of parliamentary weather, is in great
LITTER 84.—1 The French were, however, still masters of Prague.
2 ' One of the separate Articles [of the Treaty of Breslan] imports, that the King of Poland shall be invited
to accede to this Treaty, to whom 16 Days are allowed to withdraw his Troops.' (Gent. Mag., 1742, p. 333.)
3 Mr. Sandys, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Walpole.